Bicycles are a necessity in Tankwa Town; they make everything more accessible. Bear in mind that bicycles are not public property.
Be sure your bike is in good working order before the event, and bring tools, like a wire brush, chain lube, and extra tyre tubes.
MOST IMPORTANT BIKE TIP? LOCK IT OR LOSE IT! (EVEN WHEN IN CAMP)
No bikes are considered stolen unless the lock was bust, and no bike is considered lost until the event is over – but bikes go missing and turn up after everyone has left, and some disappear and never come back, so lock your bike. But not to guy wires or artworks - this may hamper performances and scheduled burns.
DECORATE YOUR BIKE
It’s much less likely your bike will be borrowed without permission if it looks unique. Light your bike for nighttime riding – use LED’s, EL wire, solar-powered fairy lights or whatever you can come up with – get creative!
MARK YOUR BIKE
With your name, phone number or email address, and camp location.
The ground in Tankwa Town is not kind on bikes - bring extra tubes, tyres and a puncture repair kit (they’re a great gift to those who need them).
You may need them – and if you don’t, you can help those who do.
LOST BIKE PROCESS
1 - Any bikes left on site will be documented & photographed.
2 - Lost bike owners will have 2 weeks to identify their bikes with details sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 - There is no Step 3, proceed to Step 4…
4 - Positively identified bikes will be brought back from the Tankwa and owners informed via email.
5 - Unclaimed bikes will then be donated to underprivileged communities in the Tankwa.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Don’t ditch your bike at AfrikaBurn - dealing with abandoned bikes stretches our already over-taxed resources. And did we mention that if you don’t lock it up, you could lose it? It’s true. When the going gets crazy, bikes go walkies. Lock it up, especially if you’ve borrowed your friend’s R25 000 extra-special-chrome-plated-limited-edition Himalayan expedition bike, or you could well end up crying into your beer.
HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR BIKE
To improve your chances of being reunited with a lost bike:
• Label it with your name, camp address & email.
• Take a picture of it on your phone / camera.
• Log the make & model info somewhere safe.
• Lose a bike during the event? Mail a description of the lost bike to info @ afrikaburn.com.
• Do it as soon as you get home, because there’s just a short window to identify your bike before DPW pack up and head home.